What is teeth whitening?
Teeth whitening may also be referred to as teeth bleaching. It involves whitening of the teeth through the removal of external staining on the surface of the teeth. For stains that occur on the inside of teeth, other cosmetic dental procedures may be used if teeth whitening cannot remove internal staining.
Teeth Whitening Options
There are many over-the-counter (OTC) and professional teeth whitening options available. Over-the-counter tooth whitening options are generally much lower in strength or concentration so that they are safe for unsupervised home use. This option is good when time is not a factor because it may take many applications to get the desired result.
Professional in-office whitening options are only available in your dental office. These products have a much higher concentration or strength than the over-the-counter options. The higher concentration professional whitening options usually result in a whiter smile, in a shorter period of time. This option is ideal when you would like to get whiter teeth quickly.
College and Dufferin Dental Clinic is proud to offer Professional In-Office Zoom Whitening at our location. This whitening option is the most requested professional in-office whitening treatment by patients. This whitening method uses LED technology to whiten teeth in as much as eight shades whiter in some cases!
We also offer professional take-home whitening options that use a custom-made whitening tray for a perfect fit, unlike the over-the-counter whitening options that are found in the store.
What is the process?
Professional in-office teeth whitening options usually consist of one dental appointment. With the Zoom professional in-office whitening, it usually takes an hour to get whiter teeth the same day. The teeth are isolated first and a whitening gel is placed on the tooth surfaces. Next the LED light is used to activate the whitening gel, in order to begin the whitening process. The whitening gel is then removed and a toothpaste that is high is fluoride is recommended for home use.
For the take-home professional whitening option, you will usually require two visits to the dental office. At your first visit, a dental impression will be taken of your teeth. This impression is used to create custom-made whitening trays to perfectly fit your teeth. Once the custom-made trays are ready, you will pick them up and receive a whitening gel to apply to the whitening trays for home use. This gel is a higher concentration than the over-the-counter whitening options available in the store.
If you experience any tooth sensitivity, you can try to use a sensitivity toothpaste to reduce the effects. It is also advisable to start using a sensitivity toothpaste approximately 2 to 3 weeks before whitening your teeth if your teeth become sensitive easily.
Contact us if you would like to get more information about teeth whitening options or if you would like to discuss cosmetic treatment options that can give you a whiter smile as well!